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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 8, 2012 1:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What's your latest ear worm?

That's what it's called when people can't get a tune out of their heads. I'm not making this up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earworm

"According to research by [some PhD], 98 percent of individuals experience ear worms." Now that must have been a heck of a grant application.

Then there's this page, which tells you that the term "ear worm" is "a translation of the German Ohrwurm. Use the German if you want anyone to pay attention to you in the faculty lounge." Good advice.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2901/why-do-songs-get-stuck-in-your-head

I've been fortunate to have my latest ear worm be of the GD species. I was in a village whose name sounds like "Kokomo," so I got So Many Roads stuck in my head.

Thought I heard that KC whistle
moanin' sweet & low
Thought I heard that KC when she blow
Down where the sun don't shine
Underneath the Kokomo
Whinin' boy -- got no place else to go

I have no idea why the sun don't shine underneath the Kokomo. What the heck could that mean, anyway? Although the last line does sound rather like my teenager when he has to participate in a family trip.

Anyone else have a recent ear worm attack? Or a favorite version of So Many Roads, since it's in my head anyway? Or any theories on why the heck the sun don't shine underneath the Kokomo?!? I mean, it wouldn't, would it, since beneath Kokomo is presumably the ground ... and maybe the city sewer system ...


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2012-08-08 08:29:16

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Poster: mklsgl Date: Aug 8, 2012 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Hey AR, Kokomo is a Native American word for a Black Walnut tree. Lots of shade underneath and a cool spot to chill!

My ear worm: that post-drumz jam from 4/6/82 (Weir's whistle-blow > Truckin' > Other One > Morning Dew > Sugar Magnolia). I was 15 feet away from the stage when they caused my mind to leave my body with this swirling jam.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 8, 2012 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

I don't know why but "Bear Necessities has been rolling around in my head for a few days.

On a side note, does anyone else think that Baloo enjoyed a little of that wacky tobacky?
http://www.youtube.com/embed/9ogQ0uge06o

And King Louie, I think he had a fondness for certain fungi...
http://www.youtube.com/embed/CEEPaYD5KZE

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 8, 2012 3:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

No real earworms to report of, although as a college student i used to purposely try to plant earworms before exams as i thought it would help. My roommate and I would makes sure the last thing we heard before we left for class was soul music. Usually Sam and Dave, Hold On, I'm Coming.

As for Kokomo, i think it is symbolism (insert duh here). That town has some dark history:

On July 4, 1923, Kokomo achieved national notoriety when it hosted the largest Ku Klux Klan gathering in history. An estimated 200,000 Klan members and supporters gathered in Malfalfa Park for a mighty Konklave and the elevation of D. C. Stephenson to Grand Dragon of the Indiana Klan.[13][14] A huge flag was used that day to collect a reported $50,000 for construction of a local “Klan hospital” so that Klan members would not have to be treated at the only local hospital, which was Catholic.[15] At that time Indiana was a Klan stronghold, and as much as 50 percent of white males in parts of Indiana were Klan members.[16] Both men’s and women’s Klans held weekly rallies and initiations in Malfalfa Park, and Kokomo’s Klanswomen held meetings at the armory, the local headquarters of the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, and churches. A speech at a Baptist church was attended by 1000 Klanswomen.[17]

Kokomo served to symbolize the nation's early misunderstanding and ignorance of AIDS in the mid-to-late 1980s when Ryan White (1971–1990) was expelled from school due to his illness. White was a teenage hemophiliac who had been mistakenly infected with HIV during a medical procedure. The teen had been attending Western Middle School but was ostracized by his classmates, and forced to eat lunch by himself and use a separate restroom. Many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied in support of banning White from attending the school. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, followed by death threats and violence against White and his family, including a bullet being fired through the window their Kokomo home. Media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education.[23] In 1987, the White family left Kokomo for Cicero, Indiana, where Ryan attended Hamilton Heights High School, and was welcomed by faculty and students who had been educated about the disease.

From Wikipedia.

I assume we are talking Kokomo, IN. I lived there as a baby while my father served on the nearby Air Force base in the mid-60s. Glad we didn't stay.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 8, 2012 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Now, I'm having a hard time imagining that there was any thought going on about the 1923 Klan and Ryan White. Not very much in character to drop news references and socio-political interest into songs.

I'd assume it had to do with the sound; it's got a great sound, and "Kokomo" has a great Middle America, stuck-in-the-sticks feel that works with the KC whistle and the whinin' boy with nowhere to go. So poetically, that's what I get. But why underneath it? And THE Kokomo? The Kokomo what? The Kokomo Car Wash? Is he pearl diving in the Kokomo River?

Well, I can always go to Wikipedia, too:

>On October 6, 1886, natural gas was discovered in Kokomo, leading to a "boom" in business.

(Oh ho ho. Someome makes a joke on Wikipedia.)

So by that reading, what's underneath Kokomo is a bunch of gas. Um, OK, I think I'll go with a different reading ...

But here's something interesting from the Annotated Lyrics site:

>During the 4 month hiatus in 1986 (Aug-Dec) while Jerry was recovering from his Diabetic coma, Billy and Brent toured the East Coast in Sep. and Oct. using 2 different names for the band they had formed with some friends. The first swing through saw them call themsevles "KOKOMO"

So it's not the first use by the band.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 8, 2012 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

I have no idea if they are even referring to Kokomo, IN. It is what i always think of because i lived in that area for 2 years that i can't even remember. I knew about the Ryan White thing but did not know about the KKK thing until i looked it up this morning.

There are other Kokomos in the US including one in MS that was established as part of a railroad crossing so that also fits with that KC whistle and being stuckin in the sticks. I have no idea what is under this town or if it even has a car wash etc.

More wikipedia:

Kokomo was organized by the Phillip Enoch family of Fernwood, Mississippi circa 1912. They planned to purchase timber to finance the existing Fernwood railroad that the family was purchasing. After they had secured a right-of-way, the Enochs began to construct and lay the track east of Tylertown. The first tracks were made of wood, but were later replaced with metal. When the tracks crossed a public road, they would give the crossing a name. The names came in the following order: Davo; Barto; Carto; Knoxo; and Kokomo. Kokomo was established approximately ten miles to the east of Tylertown.

Well if nothing else, it is kind of fun to say.

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Poster: snori Date: Aug 8, 2012 5:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Here's a coincidence Elbow - I was listening to the radio news this morning and this was played as part of an Olympics report. It's been in my head all morning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQIdXKz4sE8

This post was modified by snori on 2012-08-08 12:17:57

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Aug 8, 2012 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Thats pretty funny and has yet another layer of coincidence. My nom de plume actually has its basis in the name of a failed musician, me. Maybe about 10 years ago when all the kids were making cute abbreviations of their names like JLo, i realized that my dreams of career as a superstar hip hop artist were never to be. Was it because i was a white, middle-aged, overweight, dorky scientist with no sense of rhythm or rhyme? Nah. I was my name. See if you take my name and do that cute little abbreviation it comes out as LBo aka elbow. I didn't believe that I could make it as a rap artist with a nickname based on a somewhat unattractive body part. The students in my lab agreed, but would still call me LBo so the name stuck and I settled in on being a dork who hangs out on an internet website that is supposed to be devoted to discussion of the Grateful Dead. However snori, you have given me new hope about my singing career.

i said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, a you dont stop
the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat

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Poster: craven714 Date: Aug 8, 2012 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

JLo..............LBo? hahahahaha

i said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, a you dont stop
the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie
to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat

The whole friggin post =

Oh my fuckin gawd. I am rolling on the floor laughing
my ass off
Thanks for that. whew. I havent laughed like that since
I was a little girl

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Aug 8, 2012 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

so many roads? hell, now I can't get the Beach Boy song out of my head!

I'll share...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_5_AD9wXuY

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Poster: high flow Date: Aug 8, 2012 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Meine ohrwurm ist ausgezeichnet! Es ist auch lange mit einem Led Zepplin guitar solo(Ich habe keine ahnung wie man sagt guitar solo auf deutsch.). Hier ist eine linky-dinky-doo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGnlmJUfJY&;feature=plcp

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 8, 2012 9:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Or this one by the Beach Boys could have stuck.

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go

Jamaica off the Florida Keys
There's a place called Kokomo
That's where you wanna go to get away from it all

Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
We'll be falling in love
To the rhythm of a steel drum band
Down in Kokomo

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go
Down to Kokomo
We'll get there fast
And then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 8, 2012 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

AR: I get all kinds of crap going through my head . Often as not, some horrible pop hit, or just the hook . Example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMsZGwf6o_w
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J9s50G-veg
or sometime weird stuff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu3TvC9CH18
I had THAT going in my head for weeks !
I am glad when it is Dylan, Jerry, or Classical !In fact sometime I listen to drive the other stuff out !

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 8, 2012 11:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

This one's been stuck in my head for almost two weeks now. Luckily it's a good one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6TFW1F6oY0

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Aug 8, 2012 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Tidbit:

Although "Spirit in the Sky" has a clear Christian theme, Greenbaum was, and still is, a practicing Jew.[2][3] He was inspired to write the song after watching country singers Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner singing a religious song on television.

In an interview on December 6, 2011 with classic-rock music journalist Ray Shasho of The Examiner, Greenbaum stated that western movies were the real inspiration for "Spirit In The Sky":


Norman Greenbaum: If you ask me what I based “Spirit In The Sky” on… What did we grow up watching? …Westerns! These mean and nasty varmints get shot and they wanted to die with their boots on. So to me that was spiritual, they wanted to die with their boots on.


Ray Shasho: So that was the trigger that got you to write the song?


Norman Greenbaum: Yes. The song itself was simple, when you’re writing a song you keep it simple of course. It wasn’t like a Christian song of praise it was just a simple song. I had to use Christianity because I had to use something. But more important it wasn’t the Jesus part, it was the spirit in the sky. Funny enough… I wanted to die with my boots on.

Enjoy,
Judge TOOTMO

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 8, 2012 12:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Love that song. They used to play on screen at The Stone and it would fade out as Jerry started playing...

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Aug 8, 2012 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

Thankfully, most of my worms are Jerry worms. I think his music is just so ingrained in my head, that when I'm not listening to his music, I go through a withdrawal of sorts, and my mind conjures up some Jerry. No joke, this morning I woke up and my mind starting playing the opening chords to NFA. It gave me the energy to spring right outta bed!

Now here's where this gets even weirder. When I do hear these songs in my head, I often let them play out for minutes, since I know the songs so well. But, I usually change up the melody and notes in my head, and sometimes try to play on guitar what my mind conjured up. I wish I could replay some of the versions I've heard in my head, they're pretty groovy! Although right now, my mind is singing:
“Bermuda, Bahama, coooooome on pretty Mama!” Dammit Earl.


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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Aug 8, 2012 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

at least its not this one stuck in your head ........Come summer the work gets kind a hard
This ain't no place to be if ya planned on being a star.
Let me tell you it's always cool
And the boss don't mind sometimes if ya act a fool.

At the car wash
Talkin' about the car wash yeah!
Come on and sing it for me car wash.
Car wash yeah!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 8, 2012 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's your latest ear worm?

This will drive it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9OO0S5w2k

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Poster: craven714 Date: Aug 9, 2012 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I am earworm

"In a 2006 book by Daniel Levitin entitled, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, he states that research has shown musicians and people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are more likely to suffer from earworm attacks." ~ wiki

I am a musician and have had OCD for over 30 years. (both)
I have music, and songs going through my head every
second, of every minute, of every day. Some are mine, and some are others.
I cant stop it, and dont want it to stop. I just wish I
could write the shit down as fast as its coming out. I cant
and its extremely frustrating. I could be a famous song-
writer, if I could just get it out. I am sure of it.

I sleep and dream music. I wake up with a song in my head
EVERY morning. Sometimes its fun to figure what the the song
is. Most of the time its right THERE, but sometimes, I
have to work it out. It could be anything from a Village
People song to Beethovens Pastoral symphony.
Today its was a Phil version of 'Tears of a Clown'. I
figured it out pretty quickly, and asked no questions...
Ba....Da....DA^, ba-da-da-da-da da da (sry. dont know the chords)


I have had many a discussion with my room-mate about it: I
will go downstairs and frantically search for my
ipod, and he will look over and say, "gotta song stuck in
your head, doncha?". What gets me is he cant understand
WHY I have to listen to the song in order to get it out.
I think it just an exorsism of sorts: once I hear it,
it goes away. AND ON TO SOMETHING ELSE :)
Sometimes, he walks around the corner to find me boppin
away to absolute silence: Arms moving, head swaying...
and not a noise in the room. I cant explain it. I will
just look and say, "cant you hear that?!?". Room-mate
shakes head and walks away. I cant blame him...

I love this quote AR ~
"One theory is that earworms are a form of mild musical hallucination (normally a rare experience), the distinction being that with an earworm you (a) usually aren’t on drugs or suffering from schizophrenia and thus (b) are fully aware there’s no actual music being played outside of your skull. Another theory is that earworms are a side effect of your brain trying to consolidate memories, akin to what happens in REM sleep. Yet another possibility is pondered by neurologist Oliver Sacks in his book Musicophilia: earworms might simply be a consequence of our being surrounded by music in our lives whether we want to be or not."

That about sums it up for me! Except I am on drugs. Many.
Roses are red, violets are blue. I have schizophrenia,
and so do I. err....
And I have been known to have schizophrenia.

No you havent.
Yes I have.
No you havent.
YES, I have. Now shut up and go to bed.
Make me.
Fuck off.
You first.
NO, YOU!
OK then I will...
Stop talking to me!
F - you.

Sorry bout that. Where was I and me?

Oh, thats right. Thank YOU for a great post AR. You have
opened my EYES>

Sometimes the songs that we hear, are just songs of our own
(and some just get stuck in our heads)



This post was modified by craven714 on 2012-08-09 14:25:45